Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but the winning book needs your vote!
Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:
Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
You do not have to read every book to participate
Vote for your favorite book in March!
That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:
Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
Would you recommend it to a friend?
Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?
Remember, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!
If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks, Fall 2017 Edition bulletin board! It features brand new books from favorite authors, intriguing debut novels, must-read crossover releases, and at least one jaw-dropping cover (can you guess which one?). Here are just a few of the books that I’m looking forward to reading and sharing with students at Ridley High School during the upcoming semester. What are YOUR picks?? Leave a comment and let me know!
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao This is a dark and mystical reimagining of the Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress.
Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis Flora won’t admit it to anyone, but she’s in love with Elijah. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school where he’ll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. When Elijah doesn’t show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible. Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Jenny Fran Davis lays out Flora’s dramatic year for all to see!
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill (Ms. Pickett is obsessed) With this collection of short novels, the brilliantly imaginative Joe Hill delivers not one but four ingeniously wrought, chilling gems of terror!
Warcross by Marie Lu When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. Marie Lu has conjured an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng This is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
After years of pining for the girl next door, 15-year-old Matthew Wainwright must deal with Tabby dating a popular senior just when he needs her most. This fiercely funny, heartbreaking debut novel is perfect for fans of Phantom Limbs and All the Bright Places.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. The incomparable Maggie Stiefvater gives us a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.
Artemis by Andy Weir The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller: a heist story set on the moon.
Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting people around the world who read the same eBook (or listen to the audiobook) at the same time! The new selection is The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict!
Here’s a quick summary from the publisher:
Mitza Maric was always a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds would be married with childrenby now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and they form a partnership of the mind and the heart. But there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage … The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Albert Einstein’s enormous shadow.
June 12-26, 2017, unlimited copies of the book are available for checkout through OverDrive! Just visit Delco.Overdrive.com (you’ll need a Delaware County Library System card for this one), and borrow the Big Library Readtoday!
These brand new books are available today in the Ridley High School Library!!
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the crown, the future of the kingdom was secure. But when Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option: to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of the crown. After all, who better to find your weakness than the one who shares your blood?
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her! Sarah Dessen’s many fans will adore this novel, an enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
For generations, Caroline’s family has been called by the river god, who has guided them on countless voyages. Now seventeen, Caro is ready to meet her fate, but the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will. Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, without the river god to help her. Song of the Current is an immersive and romantic debut fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world!
These brand new books are available today in the Ridley High School Library!!
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo As a high school senior, Desi Lee has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there’s one thing missing—she’s a known disaster in romance! Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures by looking for answers in the Korean dramas her father watches. All’s fair in love and Korean dramas … right? Find out in this fun, fresh teen romance from Maurene Goo!
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Everyone has secrets, but what matters is how far you would go to protect them … Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club in this flat-out addictive story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
Ridley High School Library’s Summer Reading Book Fair is now open! Our friends at Children’s Book World in Haverford have delivered required and recommended summer reading titles right to our readers! The books are on display and for sale in the library through June 2, at 20% off the cover price. Please contact Ms. Pickett if you’re interested in bringing your classes by the library to browse the summer reading selections!